DOROT, Inc.

Rating: 4.88 stars   42 reviews

Issues: Homeless & Housing, Human Services, Seniors

Location: 171 W 85th St New York NY 10024 USA

Mission: DOROT’s mission is to enhance the lives of the elderly in the Greater New York Metropolitan Area through a dynamic partnership of volunteers, professionals and elders; to foster mutually beneficial interaction between the generations; and to provide education and leadership in developing volunteer-based programs for the elderly nationally and internationally.
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Lucky for me that Dorot discovered Peter and Hildegarde Lynn. I get to visit this beautiful, cosmopolitan couple whenever they're up for it, and I get to hear their amazing stories of Austria, Germany, music, literature, and art. Together we're all laughing all the time. They're also inquisitive about my work as a high school teacher. I so enjoy going out to Riverside park with Peter. But it's hard for me to keep up with him in his uber-fast electric wheelchair. He was apparently once a great driver, but even now he's still showing off his driving skills with his wheelchair on the sidewalk. Lucky for me that I discovered peter, Hildegarde, and Dorot!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

developing a close relationship with Peter and his wife, Hildegard.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

My name is Mira, and I'm 12 years old. On the Passover of 2009, my father and I brought food and visited Beautrice Samuels. This is a wonderful program because I had a wonderful experience talking with her, and so did my father. Not just did we get a lot out of this visit, so did she. The first visit was so amazing for me that I wanted to visit her again. So when my father, my brother, and I were in the neighborhood, we called and visited her to chat again.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

volunteer work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to feel so great about a mitzvah, and talking to a wise person.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful.

Ways to make it better...

we didn't have to drive in from Connecticut.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting more money to take better care of the elderly.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-4-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have had a wonderful experience as a volunteer at DOROT. The entire staff is warm, welcoming, appreciative and genuine. I have had the opportunity to get to know many seniors through holiday banquets, weekly chorus groups, museum visits and regular visits in the office. Honestly, I have enjoyed every day that I've spent volunteering for this organization and am grateful for the experience which has been so rewarding.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

having had the opportunity to make a difference in the community and use my business skills in a personally rewarding role.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely generous with their time and energy. They all have a positive attitutde and are so appreciative of their volunteers.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

DOROT genuinely tries to bridge the intergenerational gap between youths and elderly. I loved my experience at the DOROT office. They embraced my differences and gave me the very unique opportunity to learn about a rich and vibrant Jewish culture, as well as expose me to the elderly community (something that I would not be exposed to otherwise).

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

allow more seniors to enjoy a trip to the theater, museum, or a local event with a youth volunteer through the hand-in-hand program.

Ways to make it better...

I had been provided compensation for transportation for the two months that I interned at the organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Dorot is a sponsor of my organization LHO Besides staff, Dorot supplies excellent help in organization, activities and wonderful volunteers who help our organization function more efficiently. We are thankful for their advice and assistance. Our job as a NORC has benefitted tremendously from Dorot,and allowed us to serve our senior population more effectively. I believe Dorot is worthy of receiving a reward in the Jewish Choice awards

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work as volunteer and Chairperson of Lincoln House Outreach

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The frequent help when questions or problems have arisen.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Warm, outgoing and extremely knowledgeable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach even more seniors in need and train more young people to get involved in community service.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Dorot has given me an opportunity to meet a senior citizen in the community who has led an amazing life. I love hearing her stories and wisdom. I recently moved to New York where I hardly knew anyone. She used to sit a home alone with rarely any visitors. Now, we have each other. I'm so glad I found Dorot!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the smile on my new friend's face.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have them recruit more young adults. Pairing young adults with elderly individuals is a beautiful thing.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

getting to know someone I might otherwise not have met. It feels good to add a little sunshine to their life, too!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful and knowledgeable. The woman at the front desk so sweet and welcoming!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

promote itself to the community and provide more opportunities to enrich the lives of its senior citizens.

Ways to make it better...

they had gotten me started sooner! I understand that the application process takes time. I just felt bad having my person wait five weeks to meet me again.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting enough volunteers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I look forward to continuing my volunteering with Dorot.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Volunteered for holiday food delivery to senior citizens. The program was well-organized and efficiently run. The seniors were very appreciative of the food deliveries, and the organization maintains consistent, long-term contact with the people it serves, so it's not just about one-time contact.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Meeting nice senior citizens who appreciate the volunteers, and other volunteers who I might not have met otherwise.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Friendly, helpful, and well-organized.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

The opportunity to volunteer at Dorot, and form a meaningful relationship with a brilliant and appreciative elder in New York City has enriched my life and my teenage son's life. Together we regularly visit a homebound elderly man, bringing him some holiday-related foods supplied by Dorot. When the elderly man expressed a concern about his health to me, I called Dorot who put me in touch with a social worker who said she would follow-up. Dorot is responsive and respectful of volunteers, not an easy thing to find in NYC.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

My teenage son and I have visited with several elderly people, but have had several visits with a particular elderly man who has such a rich varied history. It has been mutually rewarding - for the elder and for us.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff is so pleasant and appreciative and respectful of the volunteers - it makes it a pleasure to commit time to Dorot.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I had a wonderful experience volunteering at DOROT. It far exceeded expectations. I learned a lot of valuable life lessons from DOROT seniors who I visited with.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that it is very personal. You interact directly with the homebound seniors you visit and serve, and it is just so rewarding to see the great joy that you bring to them by visiting and providing them with companionship, alleviating the loneliness.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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7 people found this review helpful

I'm a Friendly Visitor with Dorot, and it's my favorite part of the week. I get to sit and talk with a retired English professor who knows so much! We read Shakespeare, discuss Broadway shows, and talk about our day-to-days. It's such a special program. I'm helping him, but he's helping me, too. It's a chance for me to slow down and reflect on life. And life in New York City can get pretty manic! Dorot also has a unique program called University Without Walls, where homebound older adults can come together for academic courses and discussions via phone. I helped my grandfather sign up. He's thrilled! Hopefully it'll make the long Pennsylvania winter a little brighter. And that's Dorot's mission. It makes lives a little brighter.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My own family. My 93-year-old grandfather in Pennsylvania just signed up for a course through DOROT's University Without Walls. He can't wait to get started and connect with other DOROT members in NYC and elsewhere.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Getting to know my friend. He's so very wise, and we have great discussions!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All extremely professional and helpful. Their hearts are in the right place.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach even more older adults to make their lives brighter. And you know what? The volunteers of all ages benefit from DOROT. If we all could take a step back in our lives, and talk to people of different generations, we'd all live richer lives.

Ways to make it better...

Honestly it's been perfect.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-10-01

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